C-Suite leaders embrace remote hiring to overcome skills shortages

More C-Suite leaders are reporting a rise in hiring remote employees due to a lack of resources, resulting in a more varied, capable workforce.
By: | October 19, 2023

Due to the struggle of hiring high-value knowledge employees, almost a third of managers and leaders across the globe are turning to hiring more employees from remote locations instead of meeting them in person.

New research from Expereo, an internet, cloud connectivity and SD-WAN provider, has revealed that despite these C-Suite leaders’ ambitions, more than one-third of respondents struggle to hire high-value knowledge employees. This challenge of skills and resource retention is one of the three top barriers challenging global growth, along with challenging security environments (35%), and complicated physical and geo-political infrastructure (33%).

Skills that are hard for respondents to look for include those with expertise in governance and regulatory compliance, as well as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics, reported IT Brief New Zealand.

These global CIOs have been able to overcome these challenges thanks to their organisation’s hybrid/remote policy, which enabled them to hire from a wider geographical pool of talent, with 38% of respondents reporting a workforce made up of different countries and markets. Employees in these organisations are also working fewer days on-site in the office, with around three-quarters of businesses seeing employees working three days or less in the office, possibly due to the pressures of the cost of living. However, the trade-off of access to more and better-skilled employees is that, for many CIOs, ensuring application performance across multiple locations (41%), and providing 24/7 support across multiple time zones (37%), are putting pressure on their teams.

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“The key is having the technology in place that enables connectivity and collaboration in a remote world. In the end, hybrid working is all about staying connected, and enabling interaction with colleagues and customers—wherever you are in the world,” said Ben Elms, Chief Revenue Officer at Expereo.